Fulham Vs. FC Twente, UEFA Europa League 2011: Matchday 1

Bobby Zamora of Fulham celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage

FC Twente should make a formidable opponent for Fulham FC, especially with the added drama of Bryan Ruiz's now former club coming to Craven Cottage to face his new club.

Fulham FC and FC Twente are the two favorites to advance out of their group in the UEFA Europa League this season, but their opposition is formidable in Wisla Krakow and Odense BK, two teams right on the edge of having enough quality (and luck) to make it into the Champions League. Because of the tough nature of Group K, both teams will see points as a must on Thursday night at Craven Cottage.

Bryan Ruiz will sit on the sidelines for this match against is former club, as he is cup tied, but Fulham might still be favorites to take a win, even in his absence. Fulham have not been great to start the year, but Thursday could be their day. Cottagers Confidential explains:

Twente will attack with potency, but even with the likes of Ruiz cup-tied and Kasami still finding his feet, it's not ludicrous to predict Fulham claiming a first win in four games.    

Twente have struggled for undeviating form of late, winning two and losing two of their last four games - a 5-1 away win over Heerenveen being a highlight. Fulham, in not-so-splendid contrast, have been found lacking with regards to fire-power. Two goals in fours games has not put any smiles on Hammersmith End faces.    

Fulham FC vs. FC Twente

Time: 3:00 pm ET, 8:00 pm local

Venue: Craven Cottage, London, England

Television: DirecTV Soccer (USA), Setanta Sports (Ireland)

Online: UEFA.com (International)

Check out Cottagers Confidential for more on Fulham FC and their match against FC Twente. Keep it on our Europa League StoryStream for updates across the competition on Matchday 1, and head on over to SB Nation Soccer for coverage of footy from all across the globe.

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